This researcher is here to debunk your favorite celebrity diets


This Researcher Is Here To Debunk Your Favorite Celebrity Diets © Pascal Le Segretain / Getty This Researcher Is Here To Debunk Your Favorite Celebrity Diets He’s so not buying what Gwyneth is selling.

While most of us are stalking our favorite celebrities to read about the crazy new diet they’re trying or the detox they swear by, Timothy Caulfield has made a living out of debunking them. You wouldn’t guess he’s the sort to try the Gwyneth Paltrow-backed Clean Cleanse or experiment with cryotherapy, which claims to literally freeze your fat off, by his official profile on the University of Alberta website. He’s a law professor there and the Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy. But scroll past the stem cell and chronic disease jargon and you’ll notice something funny in the last line of his bio: Caulfield’s the author of a book called Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash.

One click through to his Twitter page verifies that this is Caulfield’s real passion. He’s not buying Paltrow’s goop – and he doesn’t think you should, either. Here are three things he wants you to remember.

Any crazy diet can work – while you’re on it.

In his book, Caulfield confesses something after being on Gwyneth’s Clean Cleanse for a few days. “You will lose weight, temporarily, on a cleanse – as I was clearly doing – but it has absolutely nothing to do with the removal of toxins. The weight loss that happens on a cleanse is the direct result of two factors: eating fewer calories and monitoring what you are eating, which leads to eating fewer calories.” At the end of the day, dieting (when done right and safely) is just eating healthfully, and your body will reap the benefits as long as you’re keeping up the hard work. Apparently Tom and Gisele have the willpower to eat like damn patriots for the rest of their lives, and Taylor Swift can shake off sugar for the foreseeable future. Can you? As Caulfield put it: “Three weeks after my cleanse: All the weight is back on my old, flabby frame. Infuriating.”

© @gisele Leftovers from yesterday turned into a veggie soup. #worldfoodday #nowaste #momsrecipe 🍵 Sopa de vegetais com as sobras de ontem. #diamundialdaalimentação #semdesperdício #receitadamae

‘Detox’ is a dirty word.

If there’s one subject Caulfield harped on most in his book and on the phone with us, it’s that there’s no such thing as a scientifically backed detox. “Despite the remarkable popularity of the practice, there is absolutely no evidence to support the idea that we need to detoxify our bodies in the manner suggested by the cleansing industry,” Caulfield writes. That’s what your organs are for, and unless they aren’t functioning properly, they’re taking care of the detoxification process on a daily basis. So Beyonce’s Master Cleanse and the teatox trend that every celebrity and their mother is trying? Not worth your time or money.

© Instagram/@nickiminaj Keeping fit with some love from @matefitme #teatox #fitforfall



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